Friday, July 29, 2011

Appeals court rejects plea to stay execution of Delaware inmate set to die by lethal injection

“A panel of three federal judges has denied requests by Robert W. Jackson III’s attorneys this afternoon to delay the convicted murderer’s execution set for early Friday morning.
Jackson’s team were still holding hope, saying they still have motions before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The judges from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals heard the requests via telephone at 5 p.m. in the Philadelphia Federal Courthouse at Sixth and Market streets, said Jason Miller, spokesman for the Delaware Attorney General’s Office.
One of the main issues attorneys brought up is the use of pentobarbital, the lethal injection that is to be administered in Friday’s execution. It has been used 18 times but attorneys argued that it has had its problems.
A Florida court halted an execution this week because of concerns over the new death penalty drug.
A second issue raised by Jackson’s attorneys is whether he is even guilty of the 1992 killing of 47-year-old Elizabeth Girardi during a robbery at her Hockessin home.”

1 comment:

  1. Glad to see the State of Delaware has stepped up to the plate and executed this guy. It is 19 years late. Better late than never. I do not believe that the death penalty is a deterrent of crime. It is a way for society to rid itself of the dregs that roam the earth. Good Job Delaware. I am proud to be a resident.